Mark Spitz Quotes

  • Swimming isn't everything, winning is.
  • I swam my brains out.
  • The pool is terrible, but that doesn't have much to do with my record swims. That's all mental attitude.
  • Yes, I believe that the art of winning is through intimidation, and not necessarily do you have to speak about it.
  • When I went to the Olympics, I had every intention of shaving the mustache off, but I realized I was getting so many comments about it - and everybody was talking about it - that I decided to keep it.
  • I walked away from the sport for 17 years, then started swimming again recently in a master's program.
  • In everyday life there is always manana. There is no urgency.
  • I wasn't able to lower my cholesterol so they put me on a statin drug. It is called lipitor. I was able to lower my level in about 30 days from above 300 to below 200.
  • The only side effect of too much training is that you get into better shape. There is nothing wrong with that.
  • I always wanted to be a dentist from the time I was in high school, and I was accepted to dental school in the spring of 1972. I was planning to go, but after the Olympics there were other opportunities.
  • So in my mind I own a lot of house records still.
  • In my day, at 12 years old, which was 38 years ago, we worked out in summer months for two and a half hours. Today someone in that age group might work out for four hours, two hours in the morning and two at night.
  • Well my thoughts on American swimming are that our prospects look favorable, but we may not have as strong a showing in the gold medal count as in previous Olympics. But I am not coaching.
  • By making a comeback, I'm changing the attitude of people toward me. If I'd known that people would react so enthusiastically, I'd have done it years ago.
  • If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
  • If he wins seven golds and ties what I did, then it would be like I was the first man on the moon and he became the second. If he wins more than seven, then he becomes the first man on Mars. We'd both be unique.
  • My biggest loss was the Olympics. I just can't forget losing. I never will.
  • And if you have high cholesterol, you would feel the same as if you had low cholesterol because there are no side effects, no symptoms of having high cholesterol.
  • All things being equal, if we could simulate the same scenario, he has a lot more difficult task. He's elected to swim six individual events, as opposed to what I elected to do, which was four.
  • It has nothing to do with swimming. That happens to be my sport. I'm trying to see how far I can go.
  • I am not qualified to talk about the diet. Simply because I am not a dietician.
  • There are times I might coach one or two workouts a year when the regular coach gets caught in traffic.
  • Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one's ability and likelihood for success.
  • I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win.
  • I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.